Mentally ill woman convicted of shooting mother, burning house down

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A woman who shot her mother, then doused her in gasoline and set her ablaze in a Cobbs Creek home was found guilty, but mentally ill Wednesday.

Jahina Damon, 35, was found guilty but mentally ill on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and arson for the Dec. 20, 2007, incident inside a home on the 6000 block of Cobbs Creek Parkway.

Damon killed her mother, Lolita Lee, 53; another woman was badly burned in the resulting house fire after Damon set ablaze the home where her mother lived.

Damon reportedly shot her mother in the chest inside their kitchen and shot at two other people in the house but missed, before setting the fire about 5 a.m. She was arrested a day later in Maryland and returned to Philadelphia authorities.

Court records show Damon was previously charged with aggravated assault in April 2007.

Damon will be sentenced on May 13.

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